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Hernando High seniors Karly Ahrens and Jolene Malicoate placed fifth and received the gold award in the national Future Farmers of America National Agriscience Fair. Their project centered on the cultivation of a rare plant species known as the Brooksville Bellflower.

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The Central High Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program recently earned the top honor of First Place Overall at the fall Nease High School Field Meet. The unit competed against units from 24 schools from around the state. The meet was described as the most successful ever in the program, which is 2{ years old.

Other major awards included first place in the categories of 2,000-meter dash, armed basic, athletic overall, drill and color guard combined, relay, pushups and unarmed exhibition. The unit also earned a runnerup spot in 400-meter dash, armed exhibition, color guard and situps.

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Ann Tobin, longtime director of Eastside Elementary's prekindergarten program, and her classroom assistant, Joan Hendrix, were recently recognized for their 10-year participation in AmSouth Bank's Pockets McPhee student saving program.

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A&K Energy Conservation recently presented a $2,000 donation to Brooksville Elementary's family center's Read-A-Book Get-A-Book program, which promotes active recreational reading among students. The money was raised through a tournament the company sponsored in October.

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Stewart Tree Service donated 24 live oak trees to Parrott Middle School's 6th grade enrichment science program. The trees will be planted along both sides of the school entrance drive.

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